The Conference for Startups
Who Want to Succeed with Investors
Nov 14, 2018

Bring Your A Game

If you’re a start-up looking for funding, the FYFI one-day conference is for you!

It’s a day filled with opportunities for you to pitch to investors looking for unique investment opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to network with investors and your peers. This conference features numerous investor panels and workshops.

So bring your “A” game and wow our investors.

(A couple spots available.)

Not Pitching? $299 [bring up to 2 additional people from the same company]
Pitching? $450 [bring up to 2 additional people from the same company]


VC Taskforce has given pitch events for the last 10 years. And even though we provide pitch guidelines, many people still don’t provide the information investors are looking for.

At the “Finding Your First Investor” Conference investors themselves will tell you what information they need from you so they can make informed decisions about investing in your company.

You’ll learn how to tailor your pitch content to make an impression on investors. In addition, investors will provide information about what they expect from you in the second and third meetings with the partners.

So before you pitch to investors, get the tips and tools you need to make your meeting a success. This is the place! The time is now!


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Check-in, Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


June Riley, CEO, VC Taskforce
Emcee: Tom O'Malley, CEO, Convetit
Conference Chair: Ali Rizvi, CEO, TrueRev

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

The Funding Journey

Hear from startups who have recently raised funds

Moderator: Evan R. Youngstrom, DLA Piper
Anita Gardyne, Co-Founder & CEO, Oneva
Neeraj Bhardwaj, CEO and Founder, LotoLabs
Guy Kaplinsky, NFT, Inc.
Nitin Serro, Lumina Networks

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Top Ten Legal Concepts StartUPs Need To Know

Craig Lang, DLA Piper

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Investor Payback | The Most Important Things You Need To Say To An Investor To Get Them Interested


Don Ross, Digital Health, Life Science Angels, Health Tech Capital, Sand Hill Angels, Sierra Angels, Sand Hill Angels


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Investor Landscape and the Importance of Traction

An overview the investor landscape and the importance of traction.

Independent Angels & Angel groups

Marcia Dawood, Board of Directors, Angel Capital Association (ACA), Managing Director in two angel investment groups, BlueTree Allied Angels and Golden Seeds

Seed Stage VCs

Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures

Early Stage VCs

Safa Rashtchy, Think + Ventures

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

StartUP Workshop

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


What founders should mention when discussing competition in their elevator pitch and in their pitch to the partners.

Nancy Hayes, GoldenSeeds


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

How Investors Think About the Deal

If you don't know how investors think you'll probably make many mistakes in trying to reach them and attempting to make your pitch.

Ron Weissman, Experienced angel investor (Band of Angels) and member of the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Presenting to Partners at VC Firms Workshop

Presenting to the partners is a totally different pitch than an elevator pitch. You need to do both well.

Ron Weissman, Experienced angel investor (Band of Angels) and member of the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Importance of the Management Team to Investors

Once upon a time a CEO and a pet could get funded. Now investors are looking for much, much more.

Max Shapiro, Keiretsu Forum

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Pitch Event!

10 lucky StartUPs get to pitch to our panel of investors

Get feedback on your pitch!

Moderator: Max Shapiro, Keiretsu Forum
Angelika Blendstrup, SV LATAM Fund
Leon Wong, HBS Alumni Angels
Rachel Star, Shasta Ventures
Steve Schlenker, DN Capital

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking and Conference Ends


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Contact Us

For additional information, please get in touch:

June Riley
CEO, VC Taskforce